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Visit to Bramley to find Cinderella's set

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What happens to our beautiful sets when they are not on tour I hear you ask, well Northern Ballet have a dedicated workshop and storage building known as Bramley, in West Leeds, where all our sets live. Andy Waddington, our Techincal Director, kindly let me sneak my camera in to have a look at our Cinderella set up close.

Parts of the Cinderella set

Audio Described performances making headlines

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Northern Ballet are one of a very few number of dance companies in England to regularly offer audio described performances of their productions for the visually impaired.  Audio description of live performances, like the audio description service on television, describes the action using descriptive rather than technical language, for those who cannot see it.

How many pointe shoes do we use?

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pointe shoe trivia - no. of poitne shoes a year

Depending on the repertoire for the season, Northern Ballet use approximately 2,200 pairs of pointe shoes each year. Using the average size pointe shoe, if you were to line them up, toe to heel, it would be well over half a mile!

Short ballets tour times

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We are often asked why our Short Ballets are scheduled as they are, especially about the times of performances.

There are two parts of the Short Ballets tour - from March to April where we take it to as many theatres as is possible and then from May when the short ballets joins the main tour.

Christopher Gable and Princess Margaret

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For our Open House last Saturday (15 Feb 2014) brave souls went into our archive to see what treasures lie within - and some real treasures were found!

Not least of which this candid photo of Princess Margaret and Christopher Gable on stage at Bath Theatre Royal after a performance of A Simple Man.

Big Ballet takes flight

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If you’ve been following Channel 4’s Big Ballet last week you saw the dancers starting their training and auditioning for parts in Swan Lake. I tweeted at the time how fantastic the professional Northern Ballet dancers looked and they were almost matched by the splendour of the Northern Ballet studios (some scenes were also filmed at our neighbours Yorkshire Dance).

Revealing pointe facts

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We know that you love all things pointe, but there are some fascinating facts that you may not know and over the next few weeks I will be revealing interesting pointe trivia and debunking some myths. 

To get started, here is the first pointe fact you may not know

An interesting fact about the beginning of pointe

The House is Open!

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Want to know what's happening at our Open House with Phoenix Dance Theatre today but can't make it?

Here's a slice of the action...

Follow us on Twitter and watch for #Open2014 to keep up with the fun!

Big Ballet at Northern Ballet

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Did you love meeting all the people involved in Channel 4’s Big Ballet project? Tonight’s episode follows the dancers as they begin their training at our place! We got to know the Big Ballet dancers really well when they trained at our stunning studios several times a week throughout the project. Some of them loved our place so much they still come to our adult ballet classes.

Northern Ballet’s Physio team to the rescue

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Preparations are well underway for our Open House 2014 on Saturday 15 February and we can’t wait to welcome you to explore our home and discover more about life behind-the-scenes at Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre.

During the day our resident Physiotherapists are on hand to offer completely free mini-Physiotherapy consultations. Chartered Physiotherapist Liz Atha tells us what to expect.

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